AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal church held a prayer service on Thursday to support the victims in the shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Senior Pastor Sylvester Delaney Patton of Grant A.M.E. Worship Center in North Austin says the mass shooting is really disturbing.
“We’re praying for the congregation of Emanuel AME Church, one of the mother churches,” says Patton. “When I say mother churches, one of the older churches in the African Methodist Episcopal denomination. And just praying for all churches who are open in the Lord’s name.”
As a pastor for four other churches before coming to Austin, Patton says this incident strikes a chord with him.
“It hits me because it’s something I sometimes take for granted: prayer meetings, when the church is open,” says Patton. “When one of your fellow clergymen, or clergy-persons I should say, is killed doing their jobs, it hits home.”